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Video games are often known for their gunplay. However, not all shooting games are the same. The simple aiming and firing mechanic is creatively combined with other aspects of play that greatly alter the experience.

Movement Shooters are shooting games where you have a high degree of control over how your character moves around the world. Along with the usual walking, running, and crouching, there are ways to swing, jetpack, climb, wall-run and generally use parkour-style motion to get where you need to be.

This not only adds novelty to the otherwise repetitive nature of shooting games but changes how they are played more generally. In a standard shooting game, a viable tactic is to hide somewhere and pick off enemies as they appear in the distance. Movement Shooters get around this unpopular technique (sometimes called "camping") because the ability to rapidly move through the world enables you to find and deal with hiding snipers.

The movement aspect of play also adds another significant skill to learn in these games. Techniques like Strafe-jumping, Circle Jumping and Bunny Hopping enable players to squeeze fast motion from their character. Add to this the combination of swinging, gliding and using architecture to transition smoothly from floor to sky and it's clear that this can take many years to perfect.
 
This list includes 47 games from the last 27 years, with 870 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to refine competitive virtual motion.

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TowerFall Ascension

Release Date: 25/06/2013, updated in 2017

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

TowerFall Ascension is a running, jumping and archery game where each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. Play is about quick reactions and second-guessing what your...

Halo (Series)

Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2020

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Halo is the longstanding sci-fi shooting video game series that started when Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox in 2001. The franchise has featured on every Xbox platform since then, with Halo 5: Guardians serving as the latest entry in...

Valorant

Release Date: 02/06/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Valorant is a team-based online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. It's designed to be competitive and requires considerable skill and practice to win matches. Between rounds, players spend...

Boomerang X

Release Date: 08/07/2021

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Hand-Made

Boomerang X is a shooting platform game where you explore worlds and fight enemies with a boomerang-like shuriken weapon. Unusually, you can warp to your boomerang once thrown meaning you can slice, fly, and blast through arenas swarming with evil...

Get To The Orange Door

Release Date: 30/05/2019

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Get To The Orange Door (GTTOD) is a platform game where you run, jump and shoot your way through minimalist levels. Movement is parkour in nature, meaning that you use architecture, street furniture and other objects to get an advantage when getting...

Lovely Planet

Release Date: 31/07/2014, updated in 2016

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Wii U and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

Lovely Planet is a shooting game which focuses on athletic flow and accuracy rather than headshots and gore. You jump and shoot your way through five worlds full of treacherous enemies with your trusty pop-gun. It's an unusual, almost balletic, shooting...

Superhot

Release Date: 25/02/2016, updated in 2019

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Web and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon

Superhot is a shooting game with a twist. Time only moves forward (bullets, enemies, damage) when you move your character. This is still a violent game, in fact, in slow motion, it feels more violent.

Call of Duty: Warzone

Release Date: 10/03/2020, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Call of Duty: Warzone is a large online shooting game. It's played with 150 other players with teams in squads of 1 to 4 players. As with other battle royale games, the map on which you play shrinks to great intense finale shot downs. This, combined...

Battlefield 2042

Release Date: 19/11/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather

Battlefield 2042 is a shooting game in the Battlefield series. This version of the game focuses just on multiplayer and doesn't have a single-player campaign. It's set in a near future with weapons and gadgets like deployable turrets and drones along...

Splatoon 3

Release Date: 21/07/2017, updated in 2022

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon

Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...

Apex Legends

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you team up with a few other players to survive the longest on the island. Play is. combination of shooting, moving around to get the advantage and searching for weapons and supplies. Your mission is to defeat the...

Karlson

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Karlson is a platform game where you take on shooting, running and jumping challenges to complete the level by getting to the tongue-in-cheek Milk prize. The focus is on skilled movement and precision shooting. As you fight your way out of the facility,...

Hyper Scape

Release Date: 11/08/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Hyper Scape is an online shooting game where players battle to be the last man standing. It's unusual because it integrates a feature that allows viewers of matches (on Twitch) to affect the game.

Ultrakill

Release Date: 03/09/2020

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Ultrakill is a fast very violent retro shooting game. It's like the games that created this genre, Quake, Doom and the more recent Devil May Cry. You must use quick reactions to move and shoot before you yourself are shot. You can find weapons to help,...

Shell Shockers

Release Date: 29/09/2021

Out Now: Android, PC, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon

Shell Shockers is an online shooting game where you play as an armed egg. It has the usual array of guns but here you aim to crack rather than kill the other players. You play the game in a web browser, it's fast to start and simple to play with a focus...

The Finals

Release Date: 07/12/2023

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Weather

The Finals is an online shooting game where you are a contestant in a violent game show. You play from first person perspective, aiming to shoot opponents before they shoot you. The twist is that everything in the world from the buildings to the trees...

Prodeus

Release Date: 09/11/2020, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Prodeus is a fast paced shooting game. It's designed to recreate the frantic reaction based play of the first shooting games like Quake and Doom. You familiarise yourself with complex levels, searching for keys, while engaging enemies in fast-paced...

Blade Ball (Roblox)

Release Date: 17/06/2023, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Blade Ball is a dodgeball-style sports game where players use their sword-like weapons to deflect the ball at each other to be the last man standing. Like dodgeball, you mustn't get hit by the ball or you are out, here you can move around freely and use...

Splitgate Arena Warfare

Release Date: 24/05/2019, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Splitgate Arena Warfare is a movement-focused shooting game. Building on classic quick-motion gun battles, Splitgate adds a gun that can create portals between any two locations. This combines the frantic close-quarters arena combat that was popular in...

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Release Date: 31/03/2017

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles. It's set in a world combining fantasy and science fiction, including medieval-looking...

Titanfall (Series)

Release Date: 20/10/2016

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Titanfall and Titanfall 2 are a movement-shooting games where players control mechanical Titans and their pilots, who are agile and equipped with a variety of weapons and abilities ranging from wall-running to invisibility. This makes it a game that...

Doom Eternal

Release Date: 20/03/2020

Out Now: PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D First-Person

Doom Eternal is a shooting game with a focus on movement and close-quarter combat in tightly designed arenas. Originally released in 1993, it was one of the first 3D shooting games to be made and spawned numerous sequels, novels, comic books, board...

Foamstars

Release Date: 06/02/2024

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Foamstars is a team-based shooting game where you fire colourful foam from your gun instead of bullets. Using the foam, you not only defeat opponents but also create colour-coded areas to slide around on surfboards and build fortresses to gain an...

Ninjala

Release Date: 24/06/2020

Out Now: Switch

Components: 3D Third-Person

Ninjala is an online action battle game where you play colourful gum-chewing ninjas who compete in futuristic tournaments.

Severed Steel

Release Date: 17/09/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Severed Steel is a shooting game with a focus on movement. You charge through the destructible environments shooting and parrying attacks. You play as the one-armed protagonist, Steel, a nimble sharpshooter on a mission. It's like Doom meets Superhot by...

BPM: Bullets Per Minute

Release Date: 15/09/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

BPM: Bullets Per Minute is a shooting game where shots and attacks must be timed to the beat of the music. The gameplay is focused on motion and shooting, like the Doom games, only here you can only shoot, dodge and reload on the beat. It's repetitive...

Crossout Mobile

Release Date: 14/01/2022

Out Now: Android and iOS

Components: 3D Third-Person

Crossout Mobile is a smartphone version of the popular online vehicular combat game Crossout. While it retains all the core mechanics of the main version, including the modular vehicle designs, customisation and skilful gameplay,...

Quake II

Release Date: 09/12/1997, updated in 2023

Out Now: Amiga, PC, PS1, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Pixels

Quake II is one of the first fast-paced shooting games, where you rush through dungeons collecting guns and killing enemies. Play involves finding your way through mission levels while dealing with enemies. Years after its release it is still being...

Vampire: The Masquerade Blood Hunt (Series)

Release Date: 07/09/2021, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Vampire: The Masquerade Blood Hunt is a free-to-play battle royale game set in the streets and on the rooftops of Prague as war breaks out between the vampire sects. In teams or solo, you take the role of a vampire battling opponents and other enemies...

Ghostrunner

Release Date: 27/10/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D First-Person

Ghostrunner is a challenging, fast-paced fighting game with a puzzle solving element. Played from a first-person perspective, you navigate the world using parkour-like skills, running on walls, sliding through gaps or jumping and swinging over them...

Rocket Arena

Release Date: 14/07/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Components: 3D Third-Person

Rocket Arena is an online shooting game where two teams of three battle each other. The twist is that you never die and leave the action. To win you use your character's unique rocket attacks and abilities to champion the other team.

Naraka: Bladepoint

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Naraka: Bladepoint is an online fighting game where 60 players take on martial arts weapons and moves to be the last person standing. It takes the battle royale game in a sword-battling direction where heroes can pull off gravity-defying mobility, and...

Drone The Game

Release Date: 02/08/2020

Out Now: PC

Components: 3D Third-Person

Drone The Game is a shooting battle with a highly controllable drone against other online players in arenas like maps. It's unusual because you build and customize your drone by dragging and dropping functional blocks that affect how the drone will fly...

Star Wars: Bounty Hunter

Release Date: 19/11/2002, updated in 2015

Out Now: GameCube, PS2, PS3 and PS4

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Star Wars: Bounty Hunter is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play a ruthless bounty hunter on a galaxy-spanning mission to track down and capture a rogue force-wielder. As you infiltrate secret bases, factories, and prisons you must fight...

Warframe

Release Date: 25/03/2013, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D First-Person

Warframe is a role-playing and shooting game with a focus on narrative-driven adventures and fast-paced, skill-based combat. It offers the fighting and shooting from games like Halo, but in a galaxy on a par with No Man's...

Anger Foot

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Anger Foot is a fast shooting and kicking game set in a fantasy world. You shoot and blow up enemies, kick down doors and generally cause mayhem in pursuit of a menacing merciless gangsters. It's an over the top violent rush of a cartoon battle that...

Astro Aqua Kitty

Release Date: 04/06/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Astro Aqua Kitty is a space adventure where an intrepid crew of cats launch into space to harvest milk from far off planets. You play by moving and shooting your way through levels to meet inhabitants and upgrade your abilities. It stands out for this...

Hyper Light Breaker

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Hyper Light Breaker is an action fighting game where fluid motion is used to defeat enemies in a surreal, abstract world familiar if you have played the previous Hyper Light games. You move around the world and use guns, swords, and abilities to defeat...

Wave Break

Release Date: 23/06/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Wave Break is an extreme sports game where you ride a miniature boat to perform tricks like you do in a skateboard game. It's a bizarre set-up made all the more peculiar by its fast-paced shooting and a Miami Vice-inspired story.

Devil Daggers

Release Date: 18/02/2016

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Devil Daggers is an intense and fast shooting game where you try and survive an abyssal arena with waves of demons. You survive by moving around and using your versatile magic daggers to deal with the latest monstrous creature.

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